Addressing the joint session of state legislature on Monday, Governor Vajubhai Vala said the Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board would provide Cauvery water to 110 villages newly added to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). “In other cities and town, 11 water supply projects worth Rs 427 crore are commissioned. In 18 towns, water supply works costing Rs 1,279 crore under AMRUT scheme are being taken up, besides commissioning 17 underground drainage projects at a cost of Rs 542 crore during this year,’’ the governor said.
He said the World Economic Forum has rated Bengaluru as the world’s most dynamic city. “Public transport and scientific traffic management are essential to address the traffic problem. The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation is poised to complete 42.38 km of phase 1 of Bengaluru Metro by April 2017. The works under Phase-2 are being executed at a fast pace. The government is proactive to introduce suburban rail for the Bengaluru Metropolitan Area in collaboration with the Ministry of Railways. Recently, we have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Railways for suburban rail works,’’ he said.
1793 buses in 41 cities
The governor said that 1793 city buses have been introduced in 41 cities during the last three years to reduce traffic by incentivizing public transport. “The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation has implemented Intelligent Transport System with electronic ticketing machines and GPS-based vehicle tracking units,’’ the governor said.
4700 acres of land recovered
The governor said the government has taken up a drive to re-claim encroached government land in Bengaluru and has recovered 4700 acres during the last three years. “The government has established a Special Court for land-grabbing cases in Bengaluru and 22 new family courts. By the end of November 2016 nearly 21 lakh cases were settled before Lok Adalats. Twenty two district judges and 119 civil judges were appointed in 2016,’’ he said.
Development of airports
The governor said the government has laid a special emphasis on development of rail network and airports in the state. He said the preliminary work for construction of 2nd runway and 2nd terminal building of the Kempegowda International Airport is in progress. “Upgradation of existing airports at Belagavi and Hubballi is being done by Airports Authority of India and construction work on Kalaburagi Airport has commenced. The government is implementing a large number of railway projects on a cost-sharing basis with the railways, in addition to providing free land. Of the 10 major railway projects underway in the state, Ramanagara-Mysuru, Hasana-Bengaluru, Bidar-Kalaburagi, Bagalkote-Kajjidoni section of Bagalakote-Kudachi and Rail Coach Factory at Yadagiri are expected to be completed during the current year,’’ he said.
The governor said the state government has taken measures to increase the power generation capacity in the state with a special emphasis on renewable sources. “The establishment of 2000 MW solar park in Pavagada taluk in Tumakuru district is under rapid progress. Under the decentralized distributed generation scheme, action has been taken to establish solar projects in 60 backward taluks and land-owning farmers have been encouraged to take up solar projects with 306 MW of generation capacity allotted,’’ he said.